Timber! combines circus with theatre, physical comedy, live traditional music, folklore and the tools of the lumberjack trade. There’ll be whip-cracking, wood-chucking, log-throwing and axe-juggling galore as Quebec’s Cirque Alfonse makes its Australian debut performance with Timber!
Blending circus with theatre, dance, live traditional music and folklore, this lumberjack circus spectacular is all kinds of unexpected, Timber! will arrive on Riverside Theatres’ stage as part of Sydney Festival from January 9.
Performing thrilling tricks using metal saws and axes, and balancing acts on tree branches, the daredevil routines of the clan of acrobats and entertainers display their skill.
Hailing from the Canadian small town of Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, the energetic acrobatic troupe have drawn inspiration from their country roots to create this unique work.
In a spectacle of strength and agility, muscular bearded men heft chunks of tree trunk with each prop and piece of equipment being something authentic from the woods.
Incorporating three generations of acrobatic experience, the Timber! cast features the whole Alfonse family from 68-year-old Alain to his three-year-old grandson Arthur.
From the tangible scent of their timber props to the banjo-picking, bluegrass accompaniment, there’s a host of factors which make Timber! a joy for all ages.
Born from a desire to revive the childhood evenings of music and madness, the Alfonse family use the term “shebang” to describe more family orientated, intimate entertainment.
Cirque Alfonse was created in 2005 and soon after launched its first show La Brunante, backed by a team of professional acrobats graduated from the École nationale de cirque de Montréal, as well as a professional dancer, an ex-skiing champion and three talented and versatile musicians.
Since then, Cirque Alfonse have worked with some of the world’s most renowned contemporary circus companies including Cirque du Soleil, Cirkus Cirkor and Les 7 Doigts de la Main.
Timber! celebrates the world of a lumberjack family with skills as sharp as their sawblades.
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